The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


The following options are available to students interested in part-time or full-time virtual instruction, Kindergarten through Grade 12: delivered in the traditional school setting by instructional staff providing direct instruction through either virtual instruction or by blending traditional and online instruction;

 B.participation in the District-operated part-time or full-time virtual instruction programs (VIP) organized under F.S. 1002.45(1);

 C.enrollment in the Florida Virtual School;

 D.enrollment in an online course offered by any other Florida school district.

The District shall provide access to enroll in courses available through one of the District options for virtual instruction, and shall award credit for successful completion. Access to online courses is available to students during and after the normal school day and through summer school enrollment. A District student will not be required to take an online course outside the regular school day in addition to the student's courses for a given semester or on school grounds.

The purpose of the options above is to make instruction available to District students using online and distance education technology in either a traditional classroom or a nontraditional classroom (i.e., primarily outside of public school buildings). If the student and his/her parents select part-time or full-time instruction, they will have the right to select from the list of approved providers offered by the District.

The District may offer a full time or part time program for grade 9-12 students enrolled in dropout prevention, academic intervention, Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), core courses to meet class size requirements, or community colleges.

Student Eligibility

All students, including home education and private school students, are eligible to participate in the School District operated full-time kindergarten through grade 12 virtual instruction programs under F.S. 1002.45(1)(b).

Student Participation Requirements

Students participating in a virtual instruction program must take Statewide standardized assessments pursuant to F.S. 1008.22.

Notification of Virtual Instruction Program and Enrollment Period

Within the first week of each school year, the District shall provide notification to parents and students about a student's right and choice to participate in a virtual instruction program and in courses offered by the Florida Virtual School under State law. The enrollment period for the District-operated full-time virtual instruction program, Miami-Dade Online Academy, opens in the spring of each school year for a minimum of ninety (90) days and closes thirty (30) days before the first day of the school year. The District shall provide timely written notice to parents of the enrollment period.

Online Course Requirements for Graduation

Online course requirements for graduation are set forth in Policy 5460, Graduation Requirements.

F.S. 1000.04
F.S. 1001.20
F.S. 1001.42
F.S. 1002.20
F.S. 1002.321
F.S. 1002.37
F.S. 1002.45
F.S. 1002.455
F.S. 1003.02
F.S. 1003.32(1)
F.S. 1003.4282
F.S. 1003.498
F.S. 1003.499
F.S. 1006.29
F.S. 1007.27
F.S. 1011.62
F.A.C. 6A-6.0981

Adopted 3/15/17
Revised 4/25/18

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